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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Looking for Something to Do? Free Events April 18 to 24


Here are free events scheduled Saturday, April 18, to Friday, April 24.

All events are free, so take a look -- and don't you dare say there's nothing to do in Pasadena!  

Children, tweens and teens are invited to celebrate National Poetry Month with upcoming activities!
  • Budding teen poets 13 to 18 are encouraged to recite their own poetry in a supportive setting Saturday, April 18, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Hill Avenue Branch Library.
  • Children and tweens 9 and older will learn about different types of poetry and pick up tips on how to write their own poetry and create a poetry portfolio Wednesday, April 22, at 4 p.m. at Hastings Branch Library

Enjoy a special concert of hard-swinging, straight-ahead jazz performed by the Donavan/Muradian Quartet Saturday, April 18, at 2 p.m. at Allendale Branch Library.

People of all ages will enjoy playing rounds of Bingo with tasty treats Sunday, April 19, from 2 to 4 p.m. at One Colorado for a chance to win great prizes from nearby shops and restaurants. It's all free with the exception of the final round, which is optional.


An LA Opera community educators will take guests on a journey through Patrick Morganelli's "Hercules vs. VampiresMonday, April 20, at 1 p.m. at the Pasadena Senior Center (you do not have to be a member to attend). The modern work combines opera with mid-century pop culture, synchronizing opera singers and an orchestra with the 1961 cult film "Hercules in the Haunted World" in which the mythical hero must travel to Hades to retrieve the magic stone that will free his lover from the powers of darkness.


"The Sea Hawk" (1940, NR) starring Erroll Flynn and Brenda Marshall will be shown on the big screen in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library Wednesday, April 22, at 1 p.m. A swashbuckling buccaneer is hired by Queen Elizabeth I to shake up the Spanish armada, which is waiting for the attack, but things don't go as planned.

The documentary film "Note by Note: The Making of Steinway L1037" (2007, NR) will be shown Wednesday, April 22, at 7 p.m. at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music. Follow the making of a Steinway grand piano from forest floor to concert hall. Reservations are required

SAVE THE DATE!

An Earth Day celebration Saturday, April 25, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Villa-Parke Community Center will include education about recycling, composting and container gardening. Build a birdhouse, attend healthy cooking and salad-making demonstrations and have fun!

Join Bill and Claire Bogaard for a casual afternoon of music, art, children's activities, food trucks and more Saturday, April 25, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Centennial Square in front of Pasadena City Hall in celebration of Mayor Bogaard's 16 years of service as Pasadena's first citywide elected mayor. Share your personal reflections of "Moments with Bill" by providing your messages here, dropping off notes and letters to any Pasadena public library or bringing them to the celebration.
Click here for more information about both events.



Many thanks to Playbuzz, Rochester Civic Theater, One Colorado, Pasadena Now, Warner Bros., Steinway Company.



Thursday, April 16, 2015

Mystery History -- Solved!


I'm calling a tie between Karin with her 7:53 a.m. Tuesday guess "The city is moving a historic bungalow court to a new location. I think it may be the court that's now located off Orange Grove a little west of Lincoln" and Diana who brought it home with her 7:08 p.m. Tuesday guess "Gartz Court."

In the 1984 photo above, a woman looks on as one of five historic Gartz Court bungalows at 270 N. Madison Ave. is readied to be transported on a slow, overnight journey three miles across town to 740 N. Pasadena Ave. It took two nights to complete the move.
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One of the original bungalow courts in Pasadena, Gartz Court was threatened with demolition when the property was purchased by Montgomery Engineering Co. in 1983 to make way for a new headquarters complex.


Built in 1910 and designed by Myron Hunt and Elmer Grey, Gartz Court was saved from the wrecking ball when Pasadena Heritage partnered for the first time with the City of Pasadena to identify a suitable property in Northwest Pasadena for the bungalow court and sell the units as affordable housing to first-time homebuyers with moderate incomes.


De Bretteville & Polyzoides, which would later become Moule & Polyzoides, was hired to supervise the big move and design the restoration and expansion of Gartz Court once it was in place at its new location.



Six families live in Gartz Court now, an opportunity that never would have existed had it not been for the inimitable Claire Bogaard, co-founder of Pasadena Heritage, reaching out to Terry Tornek, the City of Pasadena planning director at the time, with a revolutionary idea for a partnership.

And the rest, as the saying goes, is history.


Many thanks to Walt Mancini/Pasadena Star-News, Pasadena Museum of History, Pasadena Heritage, City of Pasadena, Moule & Polyzoides, American Bungalow.



Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Mystery History


Where are we? And what's happening?

The first person to answer both questions correctly will win lunch with me -- I'll buy yours and you'll buy mine.
Remember to leave your best guess as a brief comment to this blog post but don't try to give the entire back story (that's my job!).
I'll have the full scoop on Thursday.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Looking for Something to Do? Free Events April 11 to 17

 

Here are free events scheduled Saturday, April 11, to Friday, April 17.

All events are free, so take a look -- and don't you dare say there's nothing to do in Pasadena!    

The 15th annual Caltech Jazz Festival Saturday, April 11, from 1 to 5 p.m. outdoors at the Gates Annex (Building 26 on this map) will feature the Hollywood Youth Jazz All-Stars, Caltech Jazz Band and the Nick Broten Group.

The second Sunday of every month is Free Admission Day at the USC Pacific Asia Museum. On Sunday, April 12, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. enjoy the Japanese Cultural Festival including gallery exhibitions, Japanese folk music and dance performances, manga drawing, calligraphy activities and more. 

The opening reception for Pasadena-born and New York-based artist Robert Kushner's "Patois," an exhibition of more than 40 works, is scheduled Sunday, April 12, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Offramp Gallery.  

Teens are invited to paint their own book boxes using acrylics and papier maché to resemble their favorite books or anything they want to create gifts or keepsakes Monday, April 13, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Call 626-744-4246 to sign up. All materials will be provided.

The award-winning Concitato 415 trio will perform Wednesday, April 15, from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m. for the popular Music at Noon recital series. Feel free to bring a sack lunch.

"The Mark of Zorro" (1940, NR), starring Tyrone Power and Linda Darnell will be shown on the big screen Wednesday, April 15, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. A young aristocrat disguises himself to become a champion of the oppressed and restore justice in early California.

People of all ages, from children to seniors, will get inspired by nature and create their own unique mobiles using sticks, feathers, shells and other objects Thursday, April 16, from 4 to 5 p.m. at Hill Avenue Branch Library. All materials will be provided.

You don't have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to see "Titanic" (1997, PG-13) starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet on the big screen in the Scott Pavilion there Friday, April 17, at 1 p.m. A young, engaged woman falls in love with a poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated RMS Titanic.

Take a tour of the Tournament House any Thursday at 2 p.m. or 3 p.m. through Aug. 27. Owned by the City of Pasadena, the former Wrigley Estate is home to the Tournament of Roses Association. A docent will lead you through the 18,500-square-foot Italian Renaissance mansion built in 1906. In addition to 21 magnificent rooms, you'll see displays related to Rose Bowl Games, Rose Queens and their Courts and plenty of historic memorabilia, from football trophies to tiaras. Then visit the adjacent Wrigley Gardens with 1,500 varieties of roses.


Photo credits: Foods 4 Better Health, Sam in Japanland, Live Auctioneers, Alhambra Chamber of Commerce, 20th Century Fox, IMDB, Tournament of Roses.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Looking for something to do? Free Events April 4 to 10


Here are free events scheduled Saturday, April 4, to Friday, April 10.

All events are free, so take a look -- and don't you dare say there's nothing to do in Pasadena!  

You and your family will have an egg-cellent time when you hippity-hop to the Spring Egg Bowl at the Rose Bowl Stadium Saturday, April 4, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. featuring Pasadena's largest Easter egg hunt, scavenger hunts for all ages, bunny ear contests, trackless train rides, arts and crafts, face painting, live entertainment and much more. Don't forget to bring your basket! 


Teens are invited to a low-tech game night Monday, April 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Central Library where there will be snacks and board games including Castle Panic, Forbidden Island, Dominion, Risk, Ticket to Ride and more.

April is National Poetry Month. Young children ages 3 to 5 will enjoy special poems and songs presented by Flights of Fantasy Story Theatre Tuesday, April 7, at 10:30 a.m. at Villa-Parke Branch Library.

The first Tuesday of every month is Free Family Night at Kidspace Children's Museum. On Tuesday, April 7, from 4 to 8 p.m. celebrate children's literature with "Rainbow Fish" crafts, "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" puppet show and more.

Violinist YuEun Kim will perform Wednesday, April 8, from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m. for the popular Music at Noon recital series.

The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938, PG) starring Errol Flynn and Olivia de Haviland will be shown Wednesday, April 8, at 1 p.m. on the big screen in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. A Saxon lord becomes an outlaw leader when Prince John and Norman lords begin oppressing the Saxon masses in King Richard's absence.


Children in grades 3 to 6 are invited to explore STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) concepts through creative, challenging projects Wednesday, April 8, at 4 p.m. at Hastings Branch Library. Call 626-744-7262 to sign up.


The April Student Showcase Wednesday, April 8, at 7:30 p.m. at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music will feature the Fenice String Quartet, Sonora String Quartet and solo performances on French horn, viola and violin.


The next supply of garden-ready mulch from Pasadena Public Works Department street tree trimmings will be available Friday, April 10, at the southeast corner of the parking lot at Victory Park. Bring your own shovel, container and gloves between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. The mulch supply is replenished once a month through October and is available to Pasadena residents only. 

You don't have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to see "St. Vincent" (2014, PG-13) starring Bill Murray and Naomi Watts Friday, April 10, at 1 p.m. on the big screen in the Scott Pavilion. A young boy whose parents have just divorced finds an unlikely friend and mentor in the quirky war veteran who lives next door. 

SAVE THE DATE!


From housing options to healthy relationships using technology, there will be a full slate of workshops and other activities for anyone 50+ at the Pasadena Conference on Healthy Aging Saturday, April 11, from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Registration is required; lunch is included.



Photo credits: Rose Bowl Stadium, Sno-Isle Teens, Flights of Fantasy Story Theatre, The Learning Tree, YuEun Kim, Warner Bros., Stickney-Forest View Public Library, Pasadena Conservatory of Music, Fine Gardening, Foods 4 Better Health.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Mystery History -- Solved!


Gregg G wins with his 11:30 a.m. Wednesday guess "It's a captured Japanese mini-sub being displayed in front of Pasadena City Hall in a binds [bonds] drive event in 1942.'

In the Dec. 14, 1942, photo above, the small Japanese submarine Ha-19 is displayed at Pasadena City Hall during a rally for the sale of war bonds and stamps

About $1.5 million was invested in bonds and stamps that day, including $1 million by the City of Pasadena. There had not been a Rose Parade that year due to the bombing of Pearl Harbor on the island of Oahu by the Imperial Japanese Navy on Dec. 7, 1941. (The 1942 Rose Bowl Game had been moved to Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.)


About an hour before the aerial attacks, the Ha-19 submarine, piloted by Kazui Sakamaki, experienced the failure of its gyroscopic compass, forcing Sakamaki to make a visual entrance to Pearl Harbor. The Ha-19 went aground on a reef just outside the harbor. 

Sakamaki's attempts to back off the reef resulted in the draining of the submarine's batteries. He initiated scuttling charges to deliberately sink it but that was unsuccessful, and U.S. forces captured the Ha-19. Sakamaki was the first prisoner taken during the U.S. involvement in World War II.

The Ha-19 beached at Oahu:


U.S. Marine Corps Col. M.E. Jennings, the first person to board the beached submarine, was honored at the Dec. 14 Pasadena rally. 

Two days before, on Dec. 12, the sub was at a rally during halftime at the USC vs. UCLA football game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum:



It also made the rounds of Terminal Island, Burbank, Santa Monica and Hollywood as well as hundreds of others U.S. cities in several states as an incentive for Americans to invest in war bonds and stamps to fund the war effort.

The Ha-19 was one of five small submarines that were supposed to penetrate Pearl Harbor in the early morning hours of Dec. 7, 1941, and torpedo U.S. Navy ships. As it turned out, none of the five did any damage but they really didn't have to: As a result of the 90-minute aerial attack, eight U.S. ships and two U.S. naval installations were destroyed, more than 2,400 Americans were killed and nearly 1,200 were wounded.

In 1947 the U.S. Navy put the Ha-19 on display at the U.S. Naval Air Station at Key West, Fla.

Since 1991 it has been on display at the National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg, Texas.





Many thanks to Pasadena Museum of History, Sid Gally, Life on the Home Front, U.S. Navy Naval History and Heritage Command, U.S. National Archives, UCLA and Richard W. Galloway.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Mystery History



We're back to the regular Mystery History blog series after several Special Edition posts related my exhibition at the Pasadena Museum of History, which closed March 29.

So where are we? And what's happening?

The first person to answer both questions correctly will win lunch with me -- I'll buy yours and you'll buy mine.

Remember to leave your best guess as a brief comment to this blog post but don't try to give the entire back story (that's my job!).

I'll have the full scoop on Thursday.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Looking for Something to Do? Free Events March 28 to April 3


Here are free events scheduled Saturday, March 28, to Friday, April 3.

All events are free, so take a look -- and don't you dare say there's nothing to do in Pasadena!  

The Pasadena American Little League season kicks off Saturday, March 28, at 9 a.m. at Hamilton Park with plenty of great baseball, food trucks, the Easton Bat trailer, former L.A. Dodgers player Jay Johnstone and much more.  

Students in grades 6 to 12 will showcase their intelligence and creativity during the Los Angeles County Science and Engineering Fair Saturday, March 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, March 29, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Pasadena Convention Center.

March is One City, One Story month -- our community reading celebration! Have you read this year's selection The Book of Unknown Americans yet?  
  • A community book discussion is scheduled Saturday, March 28, at 10:30 a.m. at Hill Avenue Branch Library.
  • A community book discussion is scheduled Saturday, March 28, at 11 a.m. at Linda Vista Branch Library
  • Learn about citizenship and immigration programs Saturday, March 28, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library
  • One City, One Story art and short story contest winners will be announced Saturday, March 28, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library.
  • See a full list of One City, One Story events with more details here
Gifted young musicians will perform Poulenc's Sextet for Winds and Piano, Beethoven's Adelaide Op. 46, Cohn's Aria for Winds (world premiere) and Thuille's Sextet for Piano and Woodwind in B Flat Minor Sunday, March 29, at 2 p.m. at Shumei Hall.

Dr. John Mulcahey, a Carnegie Observatories staff scientist, will explain how Carnegie astronomers and their colleagues are combining observations across the electromagnetic spectrum to help solve the mysteries of the universe Monday, March 30, at 7:30 p.m. at A Noise Within. Arrive as early as 6:45 p.m. for refreshments and to claim your seat! 

 
A special live broadcast Wednesday, April 1, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Crawford Family Forum at Southern California Public Radio will celebrate Larry Mantle's 30th anniversary hosting Airtalk on KPCC Radio. RSVPs are required.

The silent adventure film "The Black Pirate" (1926, NR) starring Douglas Fairbanks and Billie Dove will be shown on the big screen Wednesday, April 1, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. Seeking revenge, a young man joins the pirates responsible for his father's death.

During a presentation titled "A Molecular Arms Race: The Immune System Versus HIV" Wednesday, April 1, at 8 p.m. in Beckman Auditorium (building 91 on this map) Pamela Bjorkman, professor of biology at Caltech, will explain her lab's efforts to modify natural antibodies using molecular engineering so HIV someday will be powerless to mutate against them.

 
The first Friday of every month from noon to 5 p.m. is free admission day at Pasadena Museum of California Art (also the third Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m.). On Friday, April 3, enjoy the current exhibitions plus everything else PMCA has to offer. 

You don't have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to see "Boyhood" (2014, R) there starring Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke Friday, April 3, at 1 p.m. Filmed over the course of 12 years with the same cast, the film tells the groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a boy named Mason.


The first Friday of every month from 5 to 8 p.m. is free admission night at Norton Simon Museum. On Friday, April 3, enjoy the current exhibitions and everything else the museum has to offer.



Photo credits:  Pasadena Public Library, Cultural News, International Business Times, Southern California Public Radio, United Artists, US Edu Guides, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Norton Simon Museum, Westside Today,